The £100,000 Domestic Support Fund is available for not-for-profit organisations and charities hosting meetings, conferences and events in the UK from 21 June to 17 December 2021. Events from 100 to 500 delegates taking place in the UK are eligible to apply, with the fund opening for bids from 9 June 2021. The financial support available is based on the number of delegates attending with up to £15,000 available for each event.
Applicants have until November to apply with both hybrid and live events eligible.
Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston said: “The importance of business events to regional economies across the UK cannot be understated and the sector will have a vital role to play as we build back better from the pandemic.”
“I am pleased that the new Domestic Support Fund will help organisations to host meetings, conferences and events again safely and I am grateful to VisitBritain for all their work to boost our brilliant business events sector.”
The announcement of the Domestic Fund follows the reopening of the VisitBritain’s Business Events Growth Programme, which supports the development of the UK’s business events sector.
The Business Events Growth Programme support bids in attracting international events as well as the growth of events already secured. The programme has two* funding strands: the ‘Bid Enhancement and Support’ strand – for UK cities bidding for international events; and the ‘International Delegate Growth’ strand, which supports existing business events to boost international delegate attendance and profile. In 2019/2020 the programme received 28 applications including 14 for international delegate growth and four for bid enhancement and support.
Organisations can also apply, on an ongoing basis, for support for UK Government advocacy in bidding for international events or growing the international profile of existing events. This ranges from letters of support and video messages from ministerial and senior officials. This is available at any time upon request.